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Notwithstanding the crusade against the übiquitous sparrow, carried on year after year, both m the old ooantry, m America, and m these colonies, the number of birds does not appear to get any lees. It has been said indeed that the rabbit peat einka into inaigninoanoo compared with the ravageß of the sparrow m Borne placed . Miss Ormerod raised a war some time ago, m England, and the killing prooesa has been going on, the number slaughtered by one farmer's olub having been 12,570, for whioh at the rate of 4£d per dozen was paid. Not long since the " Mark Lane Express," taking up the question, asked: What are the prospeotfl as to the extermination of the pest ? la the killing business to go on interminably? We are afraid the aparrow is too well-established to be readily dubJued. Its fecundity is amazing. In ihe mttitude of New York and southwards it hatohes, bb a rule, five or six broods m a season, with from four to six young m a brood. Assuming the average annual product of a pair to be 24 young, of whioh half are females and half males, and assuming further, for the sake of computation, that all live, together with their offspring, it will be seen that m 10 yeara the progeny of a single pair would be 275,716,983,698. This will appear m detail from the following ; —

No. of Tairs No. of Pairs of Total No. of Years. Brseding. Young. P^irs. i.i. .11. First „, x ia 13 Second 13 156 169 Third ' 569 »,208 2, 197 Fourth a,i97 26,364 118,561 o ift t iV * ,8 »5 <51 348.73' 37 x »393 Sixth I **\ 371,893 4.445,5i6 4,« 3 9,809 Sevcnthl \ 4,826,809 57,921,708 62,748,517 Eighth 1 ,62,748,517 754,982,204 815,730,721 Ninth J 5i5,730,72i 9,788,768,6521 10,604,499,373 lenth •*( 10,604,499,373 187,253,99M76 137,858,491,849

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THE SPAKROW PUGOE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2160, 28 June 1889

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THE SPAKROW PUGOE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2160, 28 June 1889

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